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Abstract Volume 7 Issue 5 (2002) pp 258-260

What is X? A Classroom Exercise

Adrián G. Lo Cascio and Raquel M. Cravero*

IQUIOS (Instituto de Química Orgánica de Síntesis), Departamento de Química Orgánica, Facultad de Ciencias Bioquímicas y Farmacéuticas, Universidad Nacional de Rosario, Casilla de Correo 991, S2002LRK-Rosario, Argentina
Received June 10, 2002. Accepted August 3, 2002

Published online: 20 September 2002

Abstract. The last stage of three-step synthetic sequence to obtain an alkylated Birch product gave an unexpected and undesired product. From the discussion of all the reactions involved rather than from the interpretation of NMR spectra, the structure of the product X is elucidated.

Key Words:  In the Classroom; organic chemistry; NMR; computers

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Issue date: October 1, 2002

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